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I found this awhile ago, a posting on craigslist. He is still up for adoption. It is so sad. It makes me want to cry...my mom said she doesn't think she could handle bringing him into our family for only a short while because of how attached we would get even though she feels bad.

Beethoven is a kind, mellow and loyal 12 year old Golden Retriever/Springer Spaniel mix who is need of a loving home for the time that he has left. This devoted boy used to wait for his Mom to come home from work so he could hang out with her in the kitchen or sit in his patio chair watching her do her gardening until it was time to go in. After cancer took Mom away, he lost everything. Muttville rescued Beethoven and he found his happy again but, sadly, he also has cancer now - we don't know how much longer he has with us. We do know that he deserves that special forever home where he will be cared for during the last chapter of his life. He would love to have someone to spend time with either in the kitchen, on garden watch or just lying by their feet. He is housetrained, neutered and current on his shots. Because he's an older guy, he has limited vision and hearing and has trouble with more than 1-2 stairs. He enjoys short walks. He is great with other dogs, cats and older children. Beethoven is a precious soul, he's been through so much since he lost his mom. His story is not over and he needs a very special someone who can help him have a happy ending. For more details/information on Beethoven, please contact foster mom Stephanie.

He's beautiful for such an old fellow. :pray: I hope someone adopts him soon.
 

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The senoirs always steal my heart.
Hopefully there is someone out there that can open their home and heart to this little guy.I do know from experiance from working with a dog rescue that the older ones are hard to place into homes,especially if they are old AND have health problems.
 

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I know...its so sad. If I could I would take him in and give him the best rest of life possible. It's so sweet :heart:
 

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I know.Thats too bad you can't.
I love fostering the older dogs,I dunno what it is about them,but they always steal my heart! :heart:

Maybe it is the deep eyes and the white,wise faces! :)
 

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Oh dear that got me crying :( i hope he does find somewhere nice to live:)
 

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I feel his beautiful soul with those smiles and smooth face, thanks for caring for him while looking for a forever home. Wishing more years of happiness for him.. ;)
 

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Im wondering why the family is rehoming the old geezer, it sounds like they love him lots but will settle for disrupting everything he has left? This is truly sad :( Senior dogs are my Heart
 

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I can't help feeling they really should put him down when he's so old, and has cancer...
Might just be because I know how awful it is to see a dog getting really sick from cancer, and don't see the point in letting such an old dog wait until he gets sick.
 

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If he is not in pain or suffering and is healthy (aside from cancer),then I don't see the point in euthanizing him.
 

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Guess it depends on how you look at it.
Anything over 10 years should be considerd a gift for a dog of that size. Why wait until he's in pain or suffering... And it is very hard to determin when they actually suffer when they have cancer.
 

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If he is not in pain or suffering and is healthy (aside from cancer),then I don't see the point in euthanizing him.
I agree, as long as he is not in pain, and I don't think that the shelter would let him be in pain...as long as they keep him comfortable.

Guess it depends on how you look at it.
Anything over 10 years should be considerd a gift for a dog of that size. Why wait until he's in pain or suffering... And it is very hard to determin when they actually suffer when they have cancer.
Actually I have seen dogs like this live to be 14 or more commonly around 12-13.
 

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I still tink it's iresponsible.
But I think you need to have seen a dog everybody (eaven some of the best vets in the countrie) said was happy and looked good, before you know what it's like. Eaven though you knew how bad the dog was, because you knew the animal...
Cancer is an awfull ting, and you can't see how sick the animal is, if you don't know it really good...
 

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At the rescue I have been around many old dogs and we had some that were sick or had cancer,but they were not suffering nor in pain.They acted just like normal,healthy,young dogs! :)

If they were in pain or suffering at all,then the best thing to do would be to euthanize them.
 

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Cancer is a monster, I agree but why kill a family member just because the disease will end his life? He may live for another 5 years. Not allow him to suffer, obviously, but with medicines and vets a cancer ridden dog can live for some time comfortably. I have family members who have or have had cancer and we dont just give up and pull the plug on them to 'destry' the disease. I wouldnt do this to my dog until it was neccessary because my dog IS part of my family. Now a days, we have the technology and advances in medicine to determine how much of pain they suffer which would be my ultimating factor. The first signs of cancer or other terminal disease and you euthanize? This shows no faith in the science of vet practices and that one would rather run from the challenge of working with your pet through the ordeal.
 

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Exactly! I know of dogs that were given a year to live and lived longer! In fact I know of one now...about 3 yrs ago he was given the "6 months-1 yr" to live and guess what? He is still alive and doing quite well! :)


I have heard of this with people too...living longer then the doctor told them they would.
 

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Same with me, I used to know a little girl who wasn't supposed to live to her first birthday and lived to be eight years old. She was a sweet and special little girl. I really don't think they would purposely let him be in pain.
 
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